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Ambassadors of Faith
16th Street Between Fuller and Harvard Streets NW
THREE DRAMATIC RELIGIOUS STRUCTURES dominate this corner. They are among some 40 religious institutions lining 16th Street between the White House and the Maryland state line. Some serve as unofficial "embassies" representing the interests of their faiths before the U.S. Government.
The neo-Baroque National Baptist Memorial Church is a memorial to Roger Williams, founder of Rhode Island and champion of religious liberty. Its congregation has long worked for social justice and community betterment. The Carlos Rosario Public Charter School (1970) and the Academy of Hope (1985), both schools for immigrant and low income populations, have met here.
The Peace King Center of the Unification Church, home to the followers of the Reverend Sun Myung Moon since 1977, was originally the Washington Chapel, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Completed in 1933 with some 16,000 blocks of marble brought from Utah, it drew from the modern style of the Mormon temple in Salt Lake City. The church moved to Kensington, Maryland, in the 1970s.
All Souls Church dates from 1821, and its current neo-Georgian building was dedicated in 1924. Among its many famous congregants were President William Howard Taft and Senator Adlai Stevenson. In March 1965 its pastor, Rev. James Reeb, demonstrated the church's commitment to social justice by joining an integrated voting rights march in Selma, Alabama. There he was murdered by white opponents. Reeb's death contributed to the national outcry against racism that helped pass President Lyndon Johnson's Voting Rights Act just a few days later.
Wikipedia Description: All Souls Church, Unitarian (Washington, D.C.)
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The original building, designed by Charles Bulfinch, located at what is now the intersection of 6th and D Streets Northwest. Pennsylvania Avenue runs in the foreground.
All Souls Church, Unitarian is a Unitarian Universalist church located at 1500 Harvard Street NW at the intersection of 16th Street, Washington, D.C., roughly where the Mt. Pleasant-Columbia Heights-Adams Morgan neighborhoods of the city meet. The design of its current building, completed in 1924, is based on St. Martin's-in-the-Fields in London. All Souls, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, describes its theology as having evolved from a liberal Christian tradition into a "rich pluralism."
All Souls was founded in 1821 as the First Unitarian Church of Washington; among the church's founding members were President John Quincy Adams, Vice President John C. Calhoun, and Charles Bulfinch (who designed the original church building at 6th and D Streets NW and more famously the United States Capitol). The All Souls bell was cast in 1822 by Joseph Revere, the son of Paul; this bell, paid for with contributions by, among others, President James Monroe, originally served as a quasi-official town bell for Washington, DC.
The church has a long tradition of promoting liberal religious views and social justice issues. In the first half of the 19th century, it was known for its opposition to slavery, and counts among its past ministers the prominent abolitionist William Henry Channing. The Revere Bell was stripped of its status as Washington's "town bell" after the congregation tolled it to commemorate the death of John Brown; it was thereafter often called the "Abolition Bell."
In 1877 the congregation changed its name to All Souls Church, a reflection of the words of William Ellery Channing, founding father of Unitarian Universalism (and uncle of Willam Henry Channing): ...More...
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